From landscaping to livestock, many business owners and independent contractors rely on trailers to get their tools and equipment from one client to the next. Therefore, when their trailer is out of commission, oftentimes they are too. To prevent a loss of income and ensure your trailer parts are in tip top shape, here are a four signs to look out for that may indicate your trailer needs repair.
1. A Bouncy Ride
A noticeably bumpy trailer can signal a need for repair. Causes of a bouncy ride could be due to a faulty suspension system on your trailer. However, your trailer’s suspension is often difficult to notice while you’re in the driver’s seat. To be sure that your suspension is causing trouble, have a friend haul your trailer as you follow behind and observe how it rides. Low pressure tires can also add bounce to your trailer. Check the pressure in your trailer’s tires and examine them for any leaks or punctures. If the tires all check out, then your lack of smooth suspension could be caused by damaged axles on your trailer.
2. Knocking Noises
Loose axle joints will knock together, producing a loud clicking sound as you drive your trailer. Oftentimes, such noise is masked by the other sounds in your vehicle, and the issue goes undiscovered until it is too late. To catch a growing trailer issue before it gets out of control, always drive with as little noise as possible when hauling a trailer. Turn down your vehicle’s sound system and listen out for any clicks, knocks, or other noises as you steer.
3. Difficulty Braking
Trailer brakes are very sensitive and prone to malfunction because they are used so frequently. If when you hit the brakes you notice a lag in your ability to decrease speed, your trailer’s brakes may not be working as they should and will likely need repair.
4. Trouble Turning
Your trailer’s axles are critical to its proper function and maneuverability. Unfortunately, driving over large speed bumps, debris, and potholes can easily damage axles. If while hauling your trailer you experience stiffness, dragging, shakiness, or difficulty steering around corners or while parking, your axle could need repair. If you suspect your trailer has a faulty axle, visually inspect it for cracks, damage, or corrosion. Because if your axle stops working, your trailer won’t be going anywhere.
Professional Trailer Parts and Repair
Just like any motor vehicle, regular trailer maintenance is recommended to keep yours from breaking down. At Domer’s, we’ve built a reputation over the past 90 years for providing quality trailer servicing and repairs. Our inventory of trailer parts and on-hand staff of expert technicians and welders will quickly have your trailer back on the road. For more information about our services, give us a call today at 863-763-3417.